Foundation Vision

Seeding wellness through Connection to Earth, Self and Community

Wellness is a state of harmony – harmony with oneself, the environment, the community.

Wellness is about a strong purpose, sense of belonging and place.


In May 2015, the Wayapa Wuurrk Aboriginal Wellness Foundation was founded by Jamie Marloo Thomas, a Senior Cultural Knowledge Holder for his Maara (Gunditjmara) and GunaiKurnai Peoples, and was registered as a charity with the Australian Charities & Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) with tax Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status given by the Australian Tax Office.

The Foundation promotes Re-Connection to ancient Aboriginal knowledge and culture in a present day context as a pathway for Aboriginal people to heal from intergenerational trauma and re-gain their wellness – inner peace, strength and greatly improved well-being holistically.

The Wayapa Wuurrk Aboriginal Wellness Foundation aims to revitalize Traditional Knowledge, Practices, Ceremonies and Community Structures through a strengths-based approach to building the capacity of Communities and the delivery of Cultural Mentoring Programs that help children & youth stay connected to Culture & Country as they move into adulthood, with the support of Elders and Mentors. The Foundation also delivers cultural strengthening and mentoring programs for Aboriginal Men and Women.

When you donate to the Foundation, you are helping it deliver traditional cultural mentoring programs that are:

  • Strengths-based on a culture that is over 120, 000 years-old
  • Based on revitalizing traditional community structures & reconnection back to Country through cultural knowledge, practices and ceremonies
  • Long-term with mentoring programs lasting a minimum of 3 years
  • Community-driven with a whole-of-family approach with mentoring programs for children, youth, women and men
  • Focused on the Old Ways of Cultural Respect, Accountability & Responsibility for Country, Culture & Community


For more information on our cultural mentoring programs, please go to our Mentoring page.

Foundation Governance

The Wayapa Wuurrk Aboriginal Wellness Foundation Ltd is a registered charity with the Australian Charity & Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). The Foundation has also been given tax Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) by the Australian Tax Office for eligible donations over $2.

Good governance and transparency is very important to the Foundation’s Directors. Please find below, Annual Reports of the Foundation’s work. These reports are also available on the ACNC Registry.

2016 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report